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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police is all set to start a mega awareness campaign titled 'Pari Paain Katha Tie' to spread the message on safety of minor girls. Giving out the details during a presser on Wednesday, DGP RP Sharma said, "There has been a steep rise in cases of sexual assaults on minor girls in Odisha and other States too. An analysis of the cases reported in Odisha and researches undertaken in other States indicate that in 92 per cent of the cases, the accused is a family member or a person known to the victim."

We felt the need for organising a powerful public awareness campaign to eradicate such social evil. The mega campaign will be organised in every district of Odisha from May 28 to June 12. It will be monitored by a special cell of Crime Branch and supervised by IG of Police (Headquarters) Asheet Kumar Panigrahi. SPs of all the districts and other designated officers will implement the campaign in cooperation with the district collectors, said Sharma.

The idea behind the campaign is to sensitise the children, their parents and general public about the social evil and secondly to encourage them to report such matter to police instead of suppressing it. "The campaign will also help sensitizing the people about the legal implications of the crime that includes capital punishment for raping a minor below 12 years of age and life imprisonment in some cases. The information about the strict legal provisions may have a deterrent effect," stated the DGP adding that the event will be organised in collaboration with UNICEF.

15 specially designed vehicles with LCD screen to play audio visual messages will be allotted, one for two districts, to carry printed posters, leaflets, pamphlets, handouts and LCD screen. SPs of all the districts have been asked to prepare a route chart for the campaign. Focus will be on districts that have registered  the maximum number of minor girl assault cases.

The campaign will be flagged off from the State Police Headquarters on May 28. The specially designed vehicles known as 'Pari Rath' will cover the district headquarters, blocks and panchayats. On May 12, there will be a valedictory function in Bhubaneswar, Sharma informed.

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